Accessible Multimedia Starts Here

Multimedia is the combination time-based text, graphic, and audio elements working together at the same rate.

Multimedia is often found in education:
  • slide presentations with narration
  • educational video programs
  • Internet-based teaching objects and courseware
Accessible multimedia does not rely on a single sense to convey any information.

Ask the following questions:
  • Would I understand this multimedia if I couldn’t see it?
  • Would I understand this multimedia if I couldn’t hear it?

After answering these questions, you can begin to develop truly equivalent content*.

*This information focuses on captioning, just one element of multimedia accessibility. Consider that in addition to synchronous captions, a transcript should be provided in close proximity to the multimedia. Another critical component of accessibility is keyboard access. All content and controls should be available without the use of a mouse.